Sunday Collectives 9/21/15 – 9/27/15
Pioneers is an evangelical mission movement with thousands of international members, serving on hundreds of church-planting teams in many countries worldwide in many languages.
For more than 35 years, Pioneers’ passion has been to see God glorified among those who are physically and spiritually isolated from the gospel of Jesus Christ—from Muslim bedouins in the deserts of North Africa and animist villagers in the jungles of South America to secular humanists in Eastern Europe and middle-class Buddhist urbanites in the sprawling cities of East Asia.
A week of dynamic worship in song, the Scriptures and intercessory prayer. Sessions designed for self-discovery, team-building and training. Now add 99 college students to the mix—each preparing to minister the gospel in one of 23 different unreached people groups for Edge, Pioneer’s summer mission program.
God is orchestrating their journeys of faith and obedience in His Kingdom work, part of which is spending this summer among the unreached. Each has a story of how they got to this point…
Fewer than one percent of the people of Japan have a relationship with Jesus, but Patrick and Jessica, Pioneers appointees, are on a journey to see that one percent increase. After a trip to several Japanese cities in early 2015, Patrick, Jessica and their daughter Lilly traveled around Japan to find the city God would lead them to serve in.
While there, they had the opportunity to share Christ with young people, to meet a young Japanese believer and to interact with long-term Pioneers teams already working in that part of Asia…
There’s a widely accepted myth in the world of mission that needs to be busted. It is this…all missionaries are preachers.
The truth is that Pioneers use anything and everything that allows them to share the Good News. After all, Paul was a tentmaker. And if you think that was outside the box, you should see what today’s missionaries do to introduce people to Jesus:
The churches have no pastors and the church leaders have no training. In a remote area of Peru many have a passion for Christ, but they need someone to teach them and show them how to lead.
A Pioneers team accepted the challenge to train the future leaders of churches in an area that is all but forgotten. Most of the people are simple farmers with a basic education. For many, working is more important than staying in school. Others only have access to elementary school education…
Offering love and relief for victims of war from Syria and Iraq.
Victims of the fighting in Iraq and Syria are fleeing violence and destruction, leaving behind their lives, friends and possessions. Over 4 million have left Syria. Migrants desperately cross the Mediterranean from North Africa in hopes of reaching Italy or Spain (see the UN’s report here). Others are smuggled into Europe through Turkey and Greece (see that UN report here). Everyone is struggling to cope with the millions who have been displaced by war.